Product: Amy’s Organic Low Fat Black Bean Vegetable Soup – $4.29+
As you may very well know by now…I love soup. Absolutely LOVE soup. If I have the time and ingredients, I will make any soup from scratch, freeze it, and eat it whenever the urge to slurp something hot and filling on a cold (or sometimes warm) day strikes. This winter has been particularly good for soup. Except my time hasn’t been as free as I wish it were at times, so a from-scratch soup doesn’t happen as often as I would like. That being the case, I stocked up on a couple gluten-free and low-sodium cans of soup to grab if the need to warm up and have a quick meal should strike.
This was the case last night. Over a week ago, my office moved buildings. And, unfortunately, the temperature control is…not the best. The building is old…but I still like to be able to feel my toes when I’m at the office. Just sayin’.
Needless to say…I was freezing pretty much the entire day. Which made me really not want to go on my fun run. It was not bad outside last night, actually. Somewhere in the low 40s, which is great running weather. But, after being chilled to the bone all day, the last thing I really wanted to do was step outside, on purpose, and go for a 30 minute run in Louisville.
BUT…on the way home, my roommate talked me back into it. After all, I had already had it in my head to prepare an easy meal prior to going (soup with a gluten-free and vegan grilled cheese sammie), that wouldn’t be too heavy, but will still power me through my run. So, I agreed that I was being a wuss and said that when we got home, I’d warm up the soup and get the sandwiches cooking before changing and heading over the river to run with my running group.
Upon walking through the door to the apartment, I shed my jacket and immediately went to the kitchen to pull out a pot to warm the soup in. The only can of soup left in my pantry (mental note made: buy more soup!) was Amy’s Organic Low Fat Black Bean Vegetable Soup. My roommate retrieved the can for me while I turned on the stove and got out the vegan cheese and other such items for the sandwiches. I left the bread in plastic bags to thaw while we were at work.
I opened the can and poured it into the pan, setting it over a medium heat so that it gave me time to get the sandwiches assembled and into the skillet. At first…it looked…rather disgusting. This thin brown broth followed by chunks of vegetables and this thick black bean puree. Yeah…it smelled okay…but it didn’t look very good. I managed to give it a good stir and get all the ingredients incorporated together. This thickened up the broth and made it look much better overall. I mean, it’s black bean soup…of course it’s not going to be beautiful. But…it needs to at least look appetizing.
It heated while I got to making the gluten-free and vegan grilled cheese, and they did finish up at the same time. Miracle of miracles. So, I plated the sammies and then grabbed a couple of bowls from my cabinet to ladle the soup into. It wasn’t as thick as most black bean soups tend to be, but I loved being able to see the variety of vegetables that were included in this soup, so it wasn’t just beans and spices. That was a nice touch. And yes…it smelled amazing. I will definitely concede to that fact. I walked the bowl out to my roommate then went to put water in the pot to soak while I went to eat before getting ready to head out to my running group’s Monday run.
I asked her as I was getting my food together what she thought of the soup. She said that it reminded her a lot of chili, which she has been craving, so that was a good thing. And if the roommate likes it…that’s also a good thing. She can be quite picky about certain things. And, human nature deems that all of us prefer different flavors and textures. I love a lot of spice in my food, so I found this rather unimpressive in that category, while she thought there was some heat to it. I found it mild, she found it sort of spicy. See what I mean?
Overall, however, it did it’s job. It was a satisfying meal that provided plenty of nutrients, protein, and wasn’t overkill on the calories and sodium like a lot of soups can be. Especially when they involve heavier ingredients like beans.
In fact, a serving size of this soup is half the can. And that will only set you back 140 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. How awesome is that?! A serving does contain 620 mg of sodium, which is higher than I like…but lower than a lot of soups on the market. So, we went with it. And, thanks to the black beans, one serving packs 6 grams of protein to your diet. That’s amazing.
So, while I would have liked a little more spice, this soup is a safe, gluten-free and dairy free soup. No cholesterol. And, most importantly, filling and delicious. If you like a little more flavor…add some of your own spices or a dash of hot sauce. I might do that next time. This soup is rich and filling and was the perfect way to warm up before going for a chilly run.
Another delicious product from Amy’s Kitchen.